A great Canadian-born venture has gone international, from a successful beginning in Montreal, Quebec. Bixi, a bicycle sharing service, has won contracts to set up the sharing program in Boston, Massachusetts and London, England. Representatives from Bixi have also been on an international tour, showcasing the program in Toronto, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Seattle, and now, New York.
The new public bike system is a perfect alternative to auto transit, and can complement public transit systems due to easy access and wide availability within city centers. It’s available to everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as long as they’re 14 years of age or older, with a minimum height of 1.24 meters. In Montreal, the system operates from May to November, then shuts down for the harsh winter months.
It’s a perfect system, with ‘convenience’ and ‘green’ written all over it. Take one when you need it, leave it when you arrive at your destination. For a trip on the fly or part of a daily routine, Bixi is changing the way we commute, one city at a time.